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Like Life

By: Lorrie Moore
Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
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In Like Life's eight exquisite stories, Lorrie Moore's characters stumble through their daily existence. These men and women, unsettled and adrift and often frightened, can't quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. 

Harry has been reworking a play for years in his apartment near Times Square in New York. Jane is biding her time at a cheese shop in a Midwest mall. Dennis, unhappily divorced, buries himself in self-help books about healthful food and healthy relationships. One prefers to speak on the phone rather than face his friends, another lets the answering machine do all the talking. But whether rejected, afraid to commit, bored, disillusioned, or just misunderstood, even the most hard-bitten are not without some abiding trust in love.

©1990, 2012 Lorrie Moore (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Exquisite

These short stories by Lorrie Moore are the most exquisite stories I’ve read/listened to in a very long time! They are poetic without pretension. They are thoughtful and romantic without being flowery. They touched my soul so deeply I want to hug her! And the narrator, Jane Oppenheimer! Wow, what an outstanding performance of each story! I’m
So grateful to have stumbled across this book!

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Meh

Some of the stories are interesting portraits but some are, to be frank, boring. I would suggest skipping a story you don’t like until you get to the good ones.

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excellent writing, excellent narration.

i highly recommend this book. if you're depressed, you won't feel alone any more.

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breathtaking prose

Lorries Moore's stories always blow me over and leave me dumbstruck. She is amazing. Self Help is my favorite but this is right up there.

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I wanted to like it

I wanted to like it, but I just wasn’t a fan. I selected this book to read for as my “finish in a day” book for January 2021. This book was recommended in a list I’d found online for the category. I’ve read other compilations of short stories and enjoy quite enjoy the non-traditional ones, especially if there isn’t a happy ending, but these stories were truly depressing and it was a challenge to get through each story. I’d still like to read more by this author and hope some of her other works appeal to me!

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  • 01-14-22

Carefully observed

These stories create vivid and memorable people, places and relationships. It felt like a blanket of sadness had been thrown over them. I liked the reader and want to find more by the author.

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  • Sophie Small
  • 08-14-21

A Struggle to finish

Unfortunately I found this book is very negative and depressing. Looking for a more positive one.